25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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25 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Cat Ba
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Hanoi
— 2 nights
3
Sapa
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
4
Ham Ninh
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
An Thoi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Ong Lang
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Duong Dong
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Ho Chi Minh City
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
9
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Hue
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Da Nang
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
12
Hoi An
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Cat Ba

The largest of the islands in the south of the bay, Cat Ba offers a base for exploring the many limestone landmasses across the UNESCO-protected bay.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the activities along Hạ Long Bay, take a stroll through Cua Van Floating Village, and then take an in-depth tour of Bảo Tàng Quảng Ninh. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Sung Sot Cave and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cat Ba trip planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Cat Ba is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Cat Ba

Outdoors Adventure Parks

Side Trip

Halong Bay
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sung Sot Cave ©
Sung Sot Cave
Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Tired City Bao Khanh, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Quarter. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Hanoi online trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Cat Ba to Hanoi in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sapa.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Tired City Bao Khanh ©
Tired City Bao Khanh
Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Sapa

Sapa ©
A hub of tourism in the country's northwestern mountainous region, Sapa represents home for a large number of ethnic minorities from the hill tribes of the region, and acts as a base for explorations of the surrounding area's wealth of natural sights.
On the 8th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Deo Tram Ton, then admire the sheer force of Love Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fansipan Mountain, and finally wander the streets of Giang Ta Chai Village. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Muong Hoa Valley, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Stone Church (Holy Rosary Church).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sapa holiday site .

You can drive from Hanoi to Sapa in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ham Ninh.

Things to do in Sapa

Parks Nature Spas
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Fansipan Mountain ©
Fansipan Mountain
Muong Hoa Valley ©
Muong Hoa Valley
Love Waterfall ©
Love Waterfall

1
day
Ham Ninh

Ham Ninh ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Phu Quoc Mushroom, take in the dramatic scenery at Phu Quoc Waterfall, and then take a leisurely stroll along Ham Ninh Pier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ham Ninh day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Sapa to Ham Ninh takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to An Thoi.

Things to do in Ham Ninh

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Mushroom
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Phu Quoc Waterfall ©
Phu Quoc Waterfall
Phu Quoc Mushroom ©
Phu Quoc Mushroom
Ham Ninh Pier ©
Ham Ninh Pier

2
nights
An Thoi

An Thoi ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): head outdoors with Archipelago Anthoy, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ho Quoc Temple, and then make a trip to Ho Quoc pagoda. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc, then stroll through Starfish Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Hon Thom Island, and finally stroll through Khem Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the An Thoi travel route planner .

You can drive from Ham Ninh to An Thoi in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ong Lang.

Things to do in An Thoi

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Starfish Beach ©
Starfish Beach
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc ©
Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc
Khem Beach ©
Khem Beach

2
nights
Ong Lang

Ong Lang ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by PQ LITTLE MART, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ong Lang Beach, and then meet the residents at Vinpearl Safari.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ong Lang trip simple and quick.

You can drive from An Thoi to Ong Lang in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Ong Lang

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Ong Lang Beach ©
Ong Lang Beach

2
nights
Duong Dong

Duong Dong ©
Dinh Ba Thuy Long Thanh Mau and Cao Dai Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Fishing Charters & Tours and All Good Things Phu Quoc.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Duong Dong tour itinerary builder site .

Duong Dong is just a short distance from Ong Lang. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Phu Quoc Island
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Coi Nguon Museum ©
Coi Nguon Museum

1
night
Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 17th (Sun), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City road trip planner .

You can fly from Duong Dong to Ho Chi Minh City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. November in Ho Chi Minh City sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
On the 18th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Phong Nha Botanic Garden, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Phong Nha Caves, and then Head underground at Tien Son Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Paradise Cave, then Head underground at Hang Toi (Dark Cave), and then explore and take pictures at The Duck Stop.

Plan a Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hue.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tien Son Cave
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Botanic Garden ©
Phong Nha Botanic Garden

2
nights
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Bach Ma National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Minh Mang, then contemplate the long history of Thien Mu Pagoda, then contemplate the long history of Thai Hoa Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Imperial City.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hue trip maker app .

You can drive from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Hue in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Hue are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Da Nang.

Things to do in Hue

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Tomb of Minh Mang ©
Tomb of Minh Mang
Tomb of Tu Duc ©
Tomb of Tu Duc

2
nights
Da Nang

Da Nang ©
A curious mix of developed beachfront tourism and untouched local city life, Da Nang presents an often-overlooked but authentic and welcoming picture of central Vietnam.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains, then take in the views from Han River Bridge, and then cruise along Hai Van Pass. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at M Legrand Jewelry, take in the awesome beauty at Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), then make a trip to Linh Ung Pagoda, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Da Nang trip planner.

You can drive from Hue to Da Nang in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Da Nang can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hoi An.

Things to do in Da Nang

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hai Van Pass
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
The Marble Mountains ©
The Marble Mountains
Hai Van Pass ©
Hai Van Pass
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain) ©
Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain)

4
nights
Hoi An

Hoi An ©
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
Get in touch with nature at An Bang Beach and Jack's Cat Cafe. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall. Spend the 25th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the views from Japanese Covered Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of March Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Old House of Tan Ky.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoi An attractions planner.

Hoi An is very close to Da Nang. In November, daytime highs in Hoi An are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
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Cua Dai Beach ©
Cua Dai Beach
Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall ©
Spas

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